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Lady Mallards and STPP Sabres battle it out today in Berlin

(Oct. 4, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team shut out the Gunston Day Herons 9-0 last Friday on its home field in Berlin.

“I’m excited for the win and just watching them get better every day. The skill level is much higher than it’s been in years, and they’re young,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett. “This was one of our best passing and ball placement games ever. We moved the ball from person to person rather than just running up and kicking it.”

Senior captain Lilly DiNardo got the ball rolling for Worcester, scoring on a breakaway. Sophomore Julia D’Antonio boosted the Lady Mallards’ lead to 2-0 and junior Sophie Brennan netted two goals before halftime to put Worcester on top 4-0.

Sophomore Laura Issel scored twice in the second half and junior Amanda Gabriel and freshman Madison Bescak tallied one goal apiece.

Sophomore goalie Grace Tunis played in the net for Worcester in the first half and wasn’t challenged. She took the field at the forward position in the second half and scored the Prep team’s final goal. Junior Mikalah Potvin played in goal the second half and didn’t see any action.

“I think our ball placement, our working together and our communication was good, and our low [defense] was stifling,” Hartnett said. “It’s all in the learning curve. We just worked on a lot of that stuff in practice.”

The Mallards will battle their Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rival, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in Berlin.

When the two teams met Sept. 20 in Easton, Worcester won 1-0. Bescak scored about 30 seconds into the game.

“It wasn’t enough to beat them there. Now we’ve got to beat them here,” Hartnett said. “They’re very dialed in on that game. If we can get the few we have hurt back in, I think we’re in alignment to beat them. I feel confident.”

Junior Amanda Gabriel controls the ball for Worcester Prep during last Friday’s game against Gunston Day in Berlin. Gabriel scored one goal in Worcester’s 9-0 shutout.

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